CINEMA IN SENEGAL
Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembene discusses filmmaking in Senegal,
and by extension filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa with his compatriot the
elder statesman of African filmmaking Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Larry
Kardish, Associate Curator in the Programming Division of the Museum of
Modern Art in New York City. Mr. Kardish had at the time arranged a
retrospective of African films at the Museum.
Excerpts are shown from Sembene's film "Ceddo" and from "Et La Niege N'etait
Plus" by Ababacar Samb-Makharam, and "Reouh-Takh" by Mahama Johnson Traore.
The conversation is in French with voice over translation. The topics
discussed with some passion on this program concern art in a post-colonial
society, censorship and self-censorship, how Senegalese films track the
underlying concerns of society (including the conflict between Christianity
and Islam and both with old indigenous religions), and the role of educated
Senegalese who return to a country in which they can no longer relate so
comfortably to older traditions.
1978, color, 27 mins
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